Thursday, February 4, 2010

Beastie


Inside the city limits, along a river, were these tracks. The webbed footprints are between four and six inches (10 to 15 cm) long, possibly slightly elongated from snow melt. I think I know what it is; any guesses? (Hint: not a duck.) (or goose.) (Hint #2: this wouldn't happen in California!)

Oh I'll tell although I would not have known if I hadn't seen him walking, enormous, low, and wide, rocking up the slope like a huge turtle - but with a deep rich brown coat and a long, flat broad tail... beaver! As weird as seeing an abinobabinabibble snow monster tanned alligator, a Kentucky monster crossed with bigfoot, or a swimfin wearing misguided icy river swimmer.

15 comments:

istanbuldailyphoto said...

Footprints in the snow. Great photos. Greetings. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Leif Hagen said...

Canadian geese??

BTW - I took the indoor garage sale shot from the second floor track of the gymnasium!

Julie said...

A young man walking along in his flippers as the lake was so cold that he went for a dip in his wet suit?

Jacob said...

Yikes! It's the Abominable Snowman!!!! Run for your life. I know you don't have a golf cart, but find a plane or something and head for Florida. Tanned gators can be very tame - and we have no Abysmal Snowmen, er, Abominable Snowmen, either!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Hard for me to tell. But I watched a program last night about Kentucky monsters and they made big tracks.

June said...

Looks like "raccoon" to me.
What's your guess?

June said...

I take it back.
Beaver. Definitely beaver.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Clueless...

Louis la Vache said...

Wolverine
;-)

helenmac said...

I give up!!! What do you think it is? Turkey?! Wild?! not the drink but maybe someone drinking it and then crawling home.......

VP said...

Now I am curious and clueless...
I'll be back.

B SQUARED said...

Bigfoot?

Lois said...

I give up!

cieldequimper said...

Nessie... You've found Nessie!
Can't be Bigfoot so it has to be Nessie!

June said...

Well, since you asked (and thanks for coming by Aging Gratefully and asking)...
The long toes made me think raccoon, but then the line across the tips of the toes...that doesn't go with raccoon prints.
Beavers have that little web-edge line.
And then I Googled "beaver tracks" and it was an exact match. There are, btw, beavers in California. Just not, I think, in southern California.